This is episode 166 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Intel's Huge Fine, Microsoft Complains to EU, Cell Call Quality a Disgrace, Did Sun Violate Bribery Laws?, and more...
What's new in Episode 166
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, PCMagCast.com
Dan Goodin, Reporter, The Register
Carlos Rodela, Producer, Mevio
Is Google a Prime Target for Regulators?
Google has acknowledged that it has been contacted by the Federal Trade Commission regarding potential legal conflicts caused by chief executive Eric Schmidt and director Arthur Levinson being on the Apple board. "That is stupid; fundamentally it makes it look like the two players who very well could divide up the smartphone market could be colluding," said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.
Cell Phone Call Quality is a Disgrace
As cell phone providers keep adding feature upon feature, does anyone remember that a phone's main reason for being is placing and receiving telephone calls? Dvice.com writes that cell phone call quality in the U.S. is laughable, and points at that T-Mobile is the worst offender in dropped calls. Will this ever change?
Did Sun Microsystems Violate Bribery Laws?
Sun Microsystems said in its 10-Q quarterly financial filing with the SEC that it may have broken bribery laws overseas. Sun was vague in the filing, but said it may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The issue appears to be that Sun allegedly offered financial incentives to government officials to adopt its products. There are reports that Oracle, which is acquiring Sun, knew about the problem.
Microsoft Asks EU for Support, Or Google Will Rule All
In a confidential submission to the European Commission, seen by the Financial Times, Microsoft argues that any restrictions placed on its browser practices will enable Google to become overly powerful. Microsoft argues that if it were forced to carry browsers other than IE with its Windows distributions, those browsers would likely default to Google for search.
Intel Braces for Huge Fines
IEuropean authorities are expected to release their verdict on Intel's allegedly anti-competitive behaviour this week, and it's not looking good for the chip maker. The chip giant is accused of offering original equipment manufacturers and retailers rebates and marketing funds if they agreed not to carry products using chips from rival AMD, a charge made all the way back in 2000. Europe already filed a list of objections to Intel's practices in January.